Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mera Bharat Mahan

On March 10, 2010, Sajjan Kumar and 9 other accused in 1984's Sikh massacre get bail and walk free out of Delhi High Court without even being arrested. And the security pledged was paltry Rs 50,000. The cost of 2733 lives slaughtered in 1984 is just Rs 500,000, thats Rs 183 per life!

On the other hand, Dr Binayak Sen was incarcerated for almost 1 year before he could get bail. What was his crime? Suspicion that he has connection with Maoist. Few letters supposedly written by Maoist leaders and some other article. The Government of Chhattisgarh (India) thinks that reading these letters and articles makes you criminal. What Dr Sen did in the rural villages of Chhattisgarh? Treated the tribal and poor villagers there whom government failed to provide even the basic medical facility.

It took almost one year, protest by various human right activists, and intervention of international bodies before he could be granted a bail. All this drama even though there was no evidence against him.

Now, as August 15 comes, you will roam around with a Rs 5 batch of tricolour and sing "Mera Bharat Mahan." And of course, you have to vote to change the society, change the system, just as you have done for the last 60 odd years.
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